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North Carolina man sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for firearm, methamphetamine charges

DiTwan Davis, 26, of Goldsboro North Carolina, was sentenced on August 12, 2021 to 118 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents, evidence presented in court and other documents, on May 11, 2019, Goldsboro police officers responded to a shooting at Morgan’s Night Club in Goldsboro.

“Based upon the investigation, Davis discharged a firearm at someone in the parking lot. Davis then attempted to flee the scene by driving away,” stated the release. “A Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy working an off-duty assignment attempted to stop Davis. Davis accelerated the car at the officer who was forced to discharge his weapon at the car. Davis struck the officer and then ran over a person who was leaving the Night Club. This person sustained serious injuries.

“Davis continued to drive at a high rate of speed and ultimately lost control of the car and wrecked,” the release continued. “Law enforcement arrested Davis and recovered the firearm from the car. Davis had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

Law enforcement had been investigating a drug trafficking organization involved in distributing methamphetamine in Goldsboro and Duplin County. According to the release, during June and July 2019, Davis had been present when law enforcement made two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from a residence on Dale Street in Goldsboro. On July 3, 2019, Davis and another person were arrested in the Family Dollar parking lot in Duplin County when they attempted to deliver approximately four ounces of methamphetamine, according to the release, which also stated Davis was acting as security for the organization.

The investigation was part of OCDETF Operation Fighting Jellyfish. “An Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets,” stated the release. “This OCDETF focuses on a Multi-State Drug Trafficking Organization and Gang Activity associated with Narcotics distribution which has been responsible for acts of violence and the distribution of hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine throughout the United States.”

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Pamlico and Wayne County Sheriff’s Offices and the Goldsboro Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo prosecuted.

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